6 Things You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

There are gestures that you should avoid if you are pregnant as they may affect your child, not now, if not in your health or future habits. That your child is not obese, speaks better or likes to eat healthy may depend on what you do these 9 months.

Taking care during pregnancy is essential for the proper development of the baby, but it can also be a guarantee of how your health will be in the future.

And is that the latest research has shown that the lifestyle of the mother can greatly affect the life of the child, even in adulthood.

1. TAKE PARACETAMOL

If what you are carrying is a girl (not the same with children), taking more than 6 times this drug during pregnancy could affect the correct development of the child’s language in the future.

There is a study that makes it clear: girls of mothers who have exceeded that amount of the drug during pregnancy have more problems with language when they reach two years (say less than 50 words). The research, and all its details, has been published in the prestigious European Psychiatry medical journal.

Girls may have more difficulty talking

The safest thing is always to avoid taking any type of drug during pregnancy, even those that are sold without a prescription, unless there is a clear justification and that has been expressly recommended by the doctor.

In many cases you can alleviate your discomfort without resorting to them. But bear in mind also that natural remedies can also have consequences on embryonic development. Before using them, check with an accredited specialist.

2. STRESS AT THE BEGINNING OF PREGNANCY

Canadian researchers have shown that the children of women subjected to high stress during the early stages of pregnancy had lower intellectual abilities in their adult years.

If you are experiencing a stressful situation in parallel to those nine magical months, you may want to do some activity that frees you (like yoga or tai chi) to avoid those consequences.

3. NERVES BEFORE DELIVERY

Why are some people more capable than others of coping with a stressful situation? It seems that part of this capacity also has to do with what lived in the womb during pregnancy, especially from the middle of pregnancy (which is when the fetus develops the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis).

A study in England showed that the children of women who had suffered anxiety during week 32 suffered more emotional and hyperactivity problems, even at 4 years of age.

Hyperactivity is more common in children with perinatal stress

One of the most common causes of stress during pregnancy is the work environmentIf you feel that your current job generates anxiety of some kind, talk to your superiors. Maybe you can perform other functions during this important period for your baby and for yourself.

 4. DO NOT CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT

It is not a matter of becoming obsessed with the kilos during pregnancy, but neither should you let yourself go … because that can affect the weight of your child in the future!

A recent English study published in PLOS Medicine has linked a high BMI of the mother during the pregnancy with a larger child at birth, and also with its greater tendency to be obese during childhood and even during adolescence.

5. HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCY

In a child who is better or worse student influence a multitude of factors. But interestingly, your blood pressure during pregnancy could also be a defining element.

Mother’s hypertension affects the intellectual development of the baby

Research published in the r Evista American Academy of Neurology showed that when the mother has suffered from hypertension during pregnancy children obtained lower grades in an examination of intelligence, both 20 years as if people of mature age was performed.

  • They suggest that it occurs because the increased tension of the mother affects the brain development of the fetus and that affects their cognitive abilities.

Anyway, this is just a detail: obviously the education of your child will depend on much more.

6. EAT A LOT OF SUGAR OR FAT

That a child has a weakness for sweet or saturated fats can also be related to what the mother ate during her pregnancy.

And, as Canadian scientists explain, children’s culinary preferences for certain types of food can “learn” during their fetal period.

What you eat influences your culinary preferences

Thus, the food that the mother transmits to the baby can influence their preferences when it comes to eating. If your diet is healthy during your pregnancy, your child will prefer to eat those healthy foods throughout life because you will be, already then, accustoming your palate to those flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Author: Dr. Carrie Luxem

Dr. Carrie is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is affiliated with University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine. She received her medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice between 3-5 years. She is one of 87 doctors at University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine who specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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